Portrait bust of a woman wearing a string of beads and earrings - ROM2011_11933_1

ROM2011_11933_1

Portrait bust of a woman wearing a string of beads and earrings

Medium:Marble
Geography: Attributed to Italy
Date: about 220-235 AD
Period: Severan dynasty, Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
69.5 x 46.8 cm
Object number: 925.23.26
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Imperial Roman portraiture, busts
Description

Bust of a Woman

Here we see another example of the early 3rd-century taste for realism. The woman gazes upwards to the right; iris and pupil incised. She wears a fashionable string of beads and earrings. Her petulant expression may come from modern restorations done to the face in the 19th century.

Collection:
Roman World
Object History: Formerly in the Sir John Donaldson Collection, England. Sold July 6 - 10, 1925. Purchased from Thomas Sutton, London, England, Lot no.503, together with 925.23.22-25.
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